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Election in Great Britain: Scottish Greens promise to abolish monarchy

Election in Great Britain: Scottish Greens promise to abolish monarchy
Election in Great Britain: Scottish Greens promise to abolish monarchy

No more pomp and splendor? The Greens in Scotland want to make their part of the country an independent republic. But there are still a few obstacles in the way.

The Scottish Greens have made the abolition of the monarchy an election promise. This was what the co-chairman of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, told the British news agency PA shortly before the publication of his party’s election manifesto. They are thus the only party calling for a Republic of Scotland, emphasised Harvie.

According to the plans, Scotland will become a republic with a written constitution and an elected head of state in the event of independence. “The monarchy is a deeply outdated and fundamentally undemocratic institution. It represents a different era and feels increasingly irrelevant and ridiculous in the 21st century,” said Harvie.

Greens are the deciding factor in Scotland

Unlike the Greens, the Scottish National Party (SNP), which also calls for secession from Great Britain, does not advocate the abolition of the monarchy. Until recently, the Greens were the SNP’s junior partner in a coalition government.

Although the Greens currently only have seven representatives in the regional parliament, because the SNP government does not have a majority of its own, they are the deciding factor. After a dispute, they recently forced former SNP leader and First Minister Humza Yousaf to resign.

Scottish independence remains a pipe dream

Candidates from the Scottish Greens are also running in the election to the British Parliament on July 4. However, the party has never managed to win a seat in the House of Commons in London. Scottish independence is also still just a pipe dream.

In a referendum ten years ago, a narrow majority of Scots voted for their country to remain in the United Kingdom. Another referendum can only take place with the approval of the government in London. But there is no prospect of this being granted in the foreseeable future.

Source: Stern

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